The illiberal fascists of the Democratic Party (and more than a few Republicans) keep hammering away at the liberties of the American people, and Maryland Democrat Governor Martin O’Malley has be proud to help strip away the rights of his citizens, signing into law another blatantly unconstitutional gun law:
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will sign into law one of the nation’s strictest gun-control measures Thursday, a major victory after months of contentious debate during this year’s legislative session.
But the signing of the law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, isn’t the end of the fight. A new battle begins to convince judges and voters that it was the right response to last year’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn.
The National Rifle Association on Wednesday renewed its promise to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law. It bans the sale of nearly all semi-automatic rifles, plus magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, and requires new gun buyers to submit digital fingerprints to state police.
Supporters won’t rest, either. With federal gun-control legislation stalled in Congress, they will go on the offensive in coming days with a television ad campaign designed to build public support for the new law.
Amusingly, included as a bit of interaction on the side of this article is an interactive poll. As of 9:50 AM, here are the results.
So much for gun laws having “popular support.” they are instead being rammed through by deep-pocketed progressive/statist foundations (Tides and Joyce Foundations, etc), radical leftist lawmakers intent on trading the people’s liberty for their personal power, and of course, like-minded figures in the media who are attempting to shape the narrative… obviously, without much in the way of influencing actual popular opinion.
The statists simply don’t get it, and don’t want to get it. To them, “liberty” is an outdated concept, and the Second Amendment is an obstacle to be overcome, not the codification of a pre-existing right to be jealously guarded by the people.
The militia, as defined by the Founders themselves and later codified by U.S. Code, are the people.
There are two classes of militia, the organized and unorganized militia. Organized militia have uniforms and units and formalized drills (State guard units, community militias, but NOT the National Guard, which is military), and the unorganized militia, which is essentially everyone who is legally, mentally, and physically capable of firing a gun over the age of 18.
As for “well-regulated,” the Founders and Courts (including in the Heller decision) agree that “well-regulated” means well-practiced and smoothly functioning, the way a well-regulated chronograph keeps time accurately. It has nothing to do with passing laws restricting rights, and only a fool would argue that the most brilliant minds this nation has ever know would write a self-conflicting sentence.
The 27 words of the Second Amendment convey the fact that the Founding Fathers, who had just waged war against a tyrannical government and those traitorous citizens that sucked at it’s teat, wanted Americans to always be well-armed and well trained with weapons of military utility in order to pose a credible threat to state and federal governments. This “right of rebellion” preexists our nation, and formed the moral justification for our Declaration of Independence.
It’s sad how many Americans think that the government “allows” them to have rights. We are growing several generations of good and obedient slaves. Our Founding Fathers would be embarrassed by most Americans.
Will you let them be embarrassed of you?
Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.
–John Adams. Letter to Abigail Adams (27 April 1777), published as Letter CXI in Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife (1841) edited by Charles Francis Adams.